(CNN)Health care once again emerged as the single top issue for Democrats in Nevada in Saturday’s caucuses — though as in Iowa and New Hampshire, the vast majority of voters also said they were more interested in defeating President Donald Trump than in any one issue.
More than 4 in 10 of Democratic caucusgoers in Nevada chose health care as the most important issue in deciding who to support in the race, followed by about a quarter for climate change, around 1 in 6 for income inequality, and around 1 in 10 chose foreign policy.
Health care has been a big issue in all the contests so far, with 42% who said it was their top issue in Iowa and 37% in New Hampshire.
Strikingly, more than 3 in 5 Democratic caucusgoers in Nevada support a government health insurance plan, while a third oppose such a measure.
The strong backing for a national single-payer system comes even as the state’s largest union poured cold water on such an idea.
The influential Culinary Union, which represents more than 60,000 hotel and casino workers, made clear that it did not support Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” plan, though it opted not to endorse any candidate. The union’s leadership stressed that members fought hard for their health benefits, which are top notch, and value the ability to have choices.
Medicare for All skeptics lean toward more moderate proposals pushed by former Vice President Joe Biden, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and